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Top 3 Qualities to Look for in Your Attorney

Your attorney should not speak in legalese.

Finding an attorney that is a “real person” can be difficult.  Many attorneys surround themselves almost exclusively with other attorneys and are accustomed to speaking in ivory tower legalese.  You should be able to connect with your attorney on a personal level, and he or she should speak to you in plain language that you can understand.  You will be working very closely with this person on issues that are very important to you.  It is important that he or she be down-to-Earth and someone that you connect with.

Your attorney should be accessible.

The most common complaint that clients have of their attorneys is that the attorney is unreachable, does not communicate with them regularly, or does not promptly return your calls.  Your attorney should reach out to you about your case regularly and respond within 24 hours to calls and e-mails.  An open line of communication between you and your attorney is essential to building trust.

Your attorney should be realistic with you about costs and outcomes.

Your attorney’s goal should not be to win at all costs.  Rather, it should be to achieve a favorable outcome for you as efficiently as possible.  It is important that your attorney set realistic expectations at the outset as to the costs you should expect, concerns that the attorney has about the outcome of your case, and the length of time that you should expect your case to take.


Regardless of the nature your case, we have an experienced attorney who will focus on your individual needs. Our team of attorneys works closely together, bringing each of their different fields of expertise to bear in order to optimize our client care.

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Family Law & Divorce

Our friendly Lake in the Hills attorneys have the experience to put you in the best position to succeed. We take a team approach, providing excellent client service at an affordable price in Divorce & Family Law, Estate Planning, Probate & Estate Administration, Guardianship, DUI and Criminal Defense, Business and Corporate Law, and more.

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Family Law & Divorce

Our experienced Lake in the Hills divorce & family law attorneys and staff will be your aggressive advocates while working to keep your case efficient and affordable. We were named one of the 10 Best Attorneys for Client Satisfaction for 2016 by the American Institute of Family Law attorneys, and were also a recipient of the Avvo Client's Choice Award in 2016 for Divorce. We are accessible, client focused, and excellent at what we do, exercising every option under the law to protect your rights and achieve the most favorable possible outcome to your case.

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Probate & Estate Administration

​If you are the executor, trustee or administrator of a loved ones estate, our Lake in the Hills probate & guardianship attorneys are here to assist you. We are here to make sure that you don't have to deal with the stressful process of probate alone. We take pride in our client communication and excellent service at cost-effective rates.

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Guardianship Law

Our Lake in the Hills guardianship attorneys will help you achieve your guardianship goals. We have experience in both contested and uncontested guardianship proceedings and offer affordable rates, accessibility and the assurance your matter is in experienced hands and in the best position to succeed.

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Estate Planning

Because your estate planning documents are important for your family, they are important to our Lake in the Hills Estate Plannning & Administration attorneys. We take the time to educate your on how trusts, wills, and Powers of Attorney can save your family time and stress in the future. We want to make sure your precious belongings and assets are safe from the probate process and are able to be transferred quickly and easily. There is no better time to start planning for your family's future than now.

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Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Our experienced Lake in the Hills ​Litigation attorneys will be your advocate! We will aggressively protect your rights and fight on your behalf to achieve an efficient and cost-effective favorable outcome to your matter. Our knowledgable litigators have extensive experience in state and federal disputes involving commercial litigation, fraud, defamation, negligence, breach of contract, disputes between business partners, employment disputes, landlord/tenant disputes and evictions, construction law, and homeowners association disputes. Our goal is to settle your matter favorably as quickly and affordably as possible, so that you can move on with your life. Call us at (847)231-2102 or e-mail us at lakeinthehills@oflaherty-law.com​ to schedule a free consultation.

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DUI, Criminal & Traffic Defense

Few things are more important than your choice of attorney for defense of DUI, traffic, and criminal matters. Our Lake in the Hills DUI attorneys and Lake In The Hills criminal attorneys will fight to defend you, making sure that every legal option Is explored to provide you with the best available outcome under the law. Our Lake In The Hills DUI attorneys and Lake In The Hills criminal defense attorneys care and are accessible day and night. We will be there by your side to be your shield.

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Immigration

Our Lake in the Hills Immigration & Naturalization attorneys understand that our country was built on immigrants. Keeping your family together in a land of opportunity is important to us. We are always happy to explain your legal options in your native language. We have experience with immigration law, visas, naturalization, green cards and asylum and take pride in our excellent service at cost-effective rates. We work hard to explore various options to give you the best chance of gaining citizenship or staying in the United States.

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Real Estate Law

​Our dedicated Lake in the Hills residential & commercial real estate attorneys and staff understand the importance of your home purchase or sale. That is why we are committed to giving you the attention that you deserve; communicating with you, your realtor, and your lender at every stage of the transaction. We want your transaction to go as smoothly as possible, we will get the job done.

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Bankruptcy & Debt Resolution

O'Flaherty Law provides affordable rate for bankruptcy, but in no way are we a bankruptcy mill. Our Lake in the Hills bankruptcy & debt resolution attorneys take personalized care of your bankruptcy case and take time to go through the different opportunities you have. We also can answer any questions you have throughout this intimidating process. It is important you focus on your new start while we deal with the hard work of the bankruptcy. ​

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O'Flaherty Law of Lake in the Hills

8411 Pyott Rd., Ste. 107

​Lake in the Hills, IL 60156

(847) 231-2102
lakeinthehills@oflaherty-law.com

Hours of Operation

Open
Monday
9:00am - 7:00pm
Tuesday
9:00am - 7:00pm
Wednesday
9:00am - 7:00pm
Thursday
9:00am - 7:00pm
Friday
9:00am - 7:00pm
By Appointment
Saturday
11:00am - 3:00pm
Sunday
11:00am - 2:00pm

Why O'Flaherty Law of Lake in the Hills?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Lake in the Hills?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Lake in the Hills?

Top 3 Qualities to Look for in Your Attorney

Cost-Effective

When we started our firm in the midst of the recession, we learned to survive in a lean environment and pass the savings on to our clients.  As the economy has improved, we have not changed our philosophy.  We are hungry to grow our client base, and so we have intentionally set our rates below what the market will bear.  Our mission is to make each client walk away feeling that they got more value than they paid for.  This is easier to do when we make our prices affordable.

Client-Focused

The secret to our success as a firm is incredibly simple: we build a personal relationship with each of our clients and treat them with the respect that they deserve.  We pride ourselves on our open lines of communication, frequent check-ins with our clients, and our accessibility.  We are here to help you in any way we can, often leveraging our network of resources to assist you with non-legal issues that you may be having.  We are your one-stop problem-solver and trusted adviser.  All attorneys say that they provide excellent client service, but, unlike other attorneys, we practice what we preach.  We make sure every client walks away happy . . . period.

Comprehensive

We are your community law firm.  Our business is built on long-term relationships with our clients.  Our clients have the luxury of building trust over time with one team of attorneys, rather than having to find a new attorney for each different type of matter that arises over the course of their lives.  No one attorney can be an expert at everything.  That is why we have worked hard to assemble a team of attorneys with extensive experience in different areas of expertise.  Our attorneys work together closely to bring our collective experience to bear on any issue that may arise for our clients.

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Great at What We Do

Since our business comes entirely from referrals and community involvement, our reputation for quality legal work is our greatest asset . . . and it is extremely important to us.  Each of our attorneys is truly experienced in his or her practice areas, with the highest personal standards of excellence.  We are proud of our reputation in the community, and we did not achieve it by accident.  Our reputation for excellence comes from hard work, continuing education, and an above-and-beyond approach to our clients’ cases.

Our Lake in the Hills Business & Corporate Representation Attorneys provide excellent service in the following areas of law:

Our attorneys work as a team to provide comprehensive has experience in:
  • We are Economical! We strive to develop long-term relationships with our business clients, we offer affordable flat fees for most projects. In the event that a flat fee is not relevant, we set expectations that are reasonable in order to accomplishing your goal. We will never surprise you with a bill.
  • We Experienced!  Kevin O'Flaherty is passionate about the complexities of business law.   Not only does he have extensive experience representing business owners.,he has also owned and operated multiple successful businesses in addition to O'Flaherty Law.  Additionally, Kevin also teaches regular seminars and workshops for business owners. He also interviews business owners weekly on his SeizeYourBusiness.com podcast.  
  • We are Comprehensive!  Business & Corporate may also need representation from other areas of law, such as litigation, real estate, estate planning, divorce, bankruptcy, and probate. At O'Flaherty Law, our team of Lake in the Hills business, corporate & contract Law attorneys have experience in nearly every area of the law. We work together to craft the perfect solution for your buisness.
  • Networking and Exposure!  Our Lake in the Hills Corporate Attorneys prioritize themselves in being active members of the local community.  We are active in local chambers of commerce and community organizations such as the Rotary Club. We host weekly business networking events as well as regular business workshops, power groups, and seminars. Let us put our connections in use to build bridges for your  business.

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Please contact our friendly lawyers to Schedule a Consultation.
See below for our other locations. If our office locations are not convenient for you, we are happy to speak with you by phone.

O'Flaherty Law of Lake in the Hills

8411 Pyott Rd., Ste. 107

​Lake in the Hills, IL 60156

lakeinthehills@oflaherty-law.com

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The purpose of a free consultation is to determine whether our firm is a good fit for your legal needs. Although we often discuss expected results and costs, our attorneys do not give legal advice unless and until you choose to retain us. Although most consultations are complimentary, some may carry a charge depending on the type of matter and meeting location.

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11 Situations in Which to Consult Your Business Attorney

New business owners are often not sure when to consult with a corporate attorney, Here are some common situations in which you should consult with your business attorney:

(1) Incorporation –  The first thing you should do as a business owner is incorporate, either as a corporation or an LLC.  Doing this will provide you with tax savings and liability protection.  Your corporate attorney can advise you on the most advantageous corporate form for your business, prepare your corporate documents, and register your business with the necessary governmental entities.  

(2) Annual Maintenance – A common mistake made by business owners is to incorporate without an attorney and fail to maintain corporate formalities on an ongoing basis.  If you fail to maintain corporate formalities and are ever sued or audited, your corporate will not protect you from liability, and you may have to pay back some self-employment tax.  Our Lake in the Hills corporate attorneys will prepare your annual meeting minutes and file your annual report with the secretary of state to make sure that your corporation is solid.

(3) Employees & Independent Contractors – You should always meet with your business attorney before hiring employees.  Your business attorney can advise you on the advantages and disadvantages of structuring the agreement as an independent contractor.  Your attorney will also assist you in preparing employee and independent contractor agreements, an employee handbook, and a disciplinary process.  Your business attorney will also assist you in registering as an employer with the necessary governmental entities and ensure that you do not run afoul of worker’s compensation law.  If you are parting ways with an employee, you should always consult your attorney as soon as possible to make sure you are not liable for unemployment insurance premium hikes or wrongful discharge claims. 

(4) Investor Agreements – Have a great idea, but need investors?  Our Lake in the Hills business attorneys will help attract investors by preparing a prospectus, stock purchase agreement, and the necessary paperwork to bring the investor into the corporation.  

(5) Contracts - Most expensive litigation results from a business owner's failure to sign a written contract with those he or she does business with, or from ambiguities in a written contract that was not reviewed by an attorney.  You should have a written contract reviewed by an attorney any time you enter into a business arrangement with anyone, including a commercial lease, vendor agreement, customer contract, or asset purchase agreement.  Taking this step will save you money in the long run by avoiding litigation.  

(6) Trademark and Copyright Applications –  Our Lake in the Hills attorneys have many years of  experience in intellectual property law.  There is no greater hit to your business than having to change a brand that you worked hard to establish.  We can help you file trademark applications for your name and logo, as well as copyright applications for your work product. 

(7) Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Collection - Unlike many business attorneys, at O'Flaherty Law we have a team of Lake in the Hills attorneys with experience in litigation and dispute resolution.  Should a dispute arise, we can help you find a solution in the most favorable and affordable manner.  We can also assist you with collection of your accounts receivable.  ​

(8) Exit Strategies - It is never too early to start thinking about exit strategies.   Whether you are planning on transferring your business to a key employee, a family member, or selling your business to a third party buyer, Our Lake in the Hills business attorneys can help you formulate your strategy and get the pieces in place to accomplish it. 

(9) Solutions for Distressed Businesses – If your business is going through set backs, we can help you save it by negotiating with creditors, dissolving your corporation and helping you get back on your feet with a new corporate entity, or filing a corporate or personal bankruptcy.  Our Lake in the Hills business attorneys will help you get you a fresh new start to make your business successful. 

(10) Business Consulting – Our experience does not end with the legal aspects of your business.  Our Lake in the Hills business attorneys can connect you with resources, such as accountants, bankers, and financial advisers to accomplish your non-legal business goals.  We are happy to give you council in all aspects of your business.

(11) Estate Planning – Make sure that your loved ones receive all that you have worked so hard for when you pass, and that your business assets are not consumed by costly probateestate tax, or creditors.  Our team of Lake in the Hills attorneys is experienced in advanced estate planning, which is vital for business owners. 

Read more about when to consult your business attorney from our Lake in the Hills business attorneys.

Business attorney Kevin O'Flaherty discusses five reasons to work with an attorney when incorporating your business.

Why Incorporate Your Business?

The two primary benefits to incorporating your business, either as a LLC or a corporation;

(1) Liability Protection:  Regardless of whether you incorporate as a corporation or as an LLC, your personal assets will be protected from business debts.  The source of liability as a business owner most likely comes from the people you make contracts with such as employees, independent contractors, banks that have lent you money, landlords as well as disputes with customers. If you are properly incorporated, anyone who sues you will only be able to pursue assets owned by your corporation.  This means that your personal assets and any businesses that are separately incorporated will be protected from liability. 

‍(2) Saving on Self-Employment Tax:  If  however, you are not incorporated,  on top of income tax, you are required to pay self-employment tax on any money that you take out of your business. On the occasion that you file an S-Corp election, either as a corporation or an LLC, you only have to pay self-employment tax on your salary, not on profits that you distribute to yourself as a shareholder. We recommend consulting with an accountant in order to determine the smallest amount of salary that will be reasonable, and take the rest as self- employment tax and profit free. Even if you are not concerned about liability protection, your accountant should be able to tell you when incorporation make sense purely from a financial stand point.

Top 3 Qualities to Look For in Your Business Attorney

As a business owner, not only do you need an attorney, but also a trusted adviser who understands the struggles, mindsets and goals of business owners and entrepreneurs.  

Kevin O'Flaherty hosts a weekly podcast & videoblog called SeizeYourBusiness.com, there  he interviews business owners regarding the strategies that they put to use to accomplish their business goals.  The popular podcast has been ranked #2 on iTunes' New and Noetworthy List for Management & Marketing Podcasts.  

Kevin enjoys developing long-term relationships with his business clients and helping them in whatever way he can. As a fellow business owner Kevin has a passion for exchanging ideas regarding management, operations, strategy, and marketing.  

Further Reading from our Lake in the Hills Business & Corporate Representation Attorneys

Wisconsin ‘Hold Harmless’ & ‘Indemnity’ Agreements Explained

Specifically, we address the following questions: What is an indemnity clause?, What kinds of indemnity clauses exist in Wisconsin?, Is indemnity insurance required?, What is an ‘indemnity’ agreement?, What is a ‘hold harmless’ clause?, What is a ‘hold harmless’ agreement? , What is the difference between a hold harmless and indemnity agreement?  

Raven Adams

July 7, 2021

Can I Collect Unemployment in Iowa?

In this article we will discuss unemployment in Iowa, including:

  • Am I Eligible for Iowa Unemployment Benefits?
  • “Good Cause” for Quitting
  • When Can I Collect Unemployment in Iowa?
  • How to Collect Unemployment in Iowa

April 28, 2021

Illinois Discrimination Law – Title VII and Changes to Employee Discrimination Law

With the issuance of the decision in the case of Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia that held that queer and transgender employees are covered under anti-discrimination statutes on the basis of sex, many employers with deeply held religious beliefs or actual religious entities may be left wondering: can the government force someone to violate a deeply held religious belief? This article will discuss the following information:

  1. What are the rights of employers with closely held religious beliefs?  
  1. Can a company that is not owned by a single family or individual have closely held religious beliefs?
  1. Can I deny employment/tenancy against queer and transgender individuals because my religious beliefs do not allow me to provide for it?

April 7, 2021